North Carolina becomes the third state to provide unlimited access to a prescription drug that's already saved more than 2,000 people statewide who were overdosing on heroin, OxyContin or other opium-based drugs.
Gov. Pat McCrory will now have the ability to approve widespread access to a prescription drug already known to have reversed more than 2,000 overdoses of heroin or other opium-based drugs in North Carolina.
As heroin addiction rises, so do concerns about deadly overdoses.
US Attorney General Eric Holder says with heroin overdoses increasing by 45% between 2006 and 2010, something needs to be done to combat this deadly drug.